Good & Bad Swiss Chard Companion Plants
You want to grow swiss chard at home but are not sure what plants you should grow with your chard?
Then this article is exactly for you!
In fact, I show you the best and worst swiss chard companion plants in the following chapters.
Why do I need Companion Plants to grow Swiss Chard?
Swiss chard just grows better and provides higher yields if it is planted with the right companion plants.
Companion plants attract pollinators, provide shade, loosen the soil, keep it moist, keep away pests and can also improve the flavor of your swiss chard.
As you can see, companion planting can have many important advantages for your chard plants.
Yet, there are also plants you should never grow near your swiss chards.
Therefore, make sure to check out the tables below where I show you what plants you should (not) grow with your chards and why.
Good Swiss Chard Companion Plants
|Companion Plant||Why is it good?|
|Celery||Keeps away pests.|
|Lettuce||Prevents weeds from spreading.|
|Bush beans||Fix nitrogen in the soil.|
|Peas||Fix nitrogen in the soil.|
|Rosemary||Improves the flavor of your swiss chard.|
|Marjoram||Keeps away pests.|
|Thyme||Improves the flavor of your swiss chard.|
|Mint||Attracts good insects and keeps away flea beetles.|
|Lavender||Improves the flavor of your swiss chard.|
|Basil||Keeps away pests.|
|Chives||Keep away pests and harmful insects.|
|Leeks||Keep away pests and harmful insects.|
|Cabbage||Loosens the soil.|
|Alyssum||Ground cover that conserves moisture in the soil.|
|Kohlrabi||Loosens the soil.|
|Radishes||Loosen the soil.|
|Tropaeolum||Attract pollinators and repel aphids.|
|Kale||Loosens the soil.|
|Onions||Keep away pests and harmful insects.|
|Collard Greens||Loosen the soil.|
|Garlic||Keeps away pests and harmful insects.|
Bad Swiss Chard Companion Plants
|Companion Plant||Why is it bad?|
|Sunflowers||Take away sun and emit harmful substances to the soil.|
|Potatoes||Compete for nutrients with your chard plants.|
|Cucumbers||Take away nutrients and may strangle your chards.|
|Melons||Take away nutrients and may strangle your chards.|
|Pumpkins||Take away nutrients and may strangle your chards.|
|Corn||Competes for nutrients with your chard plants.|
Best & Worst Swiss Chard Companion Plants – Summary
|Best Companion Plants||Worst Companion Plants|
What should you plant with Swiss Chard?
Good companion plants for swiss chard are leeks, kale, cabbage, lettuce, marigolds, celery, peas, bush beans, rosemary, mint, thyme, basil, chives, marjoram, lavender, kohlrabi, radish, onions, garlic, alyssum, tropaeolum and collard greens.
You should not plant chard next to sunflowers, beets, quinoa, amaranth, pumpkins, melons, corn, potatoes or cucumbers.
I hope you now got all the information regarding what you should plant with your swiss chard. If you want to learn more about growing swiss chard in general, make sure to also check out my grower’s guide of how to grow chard from seed to harvest.
About the Author
My name is Andreas and I’m really passionate about our environment and also about growing plants. In fact, I have grown several different plants over many years. I love to see my plants grow and also always try new things to improve my overall conditions at home.
In my blog posts, I want to share my experiences with you so that you can become successful in growing various different plants and improving your home as well, even though you might still be a beginner right now.